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5 Goalkeepers to watch out for this FIFA World Cup 2018

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The Sweeper keeper - Manuel Neuer

Goalkeepers have always played major roles in deciding World Cups. Notable examples in recent years have been Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon and most recently, Manuel Neuer.

Being the last line of defense, goalkeepers often have to cover up for mistakes made by defenders and normally suffer from more scrutiny than the rest of the outfield players.

A legendary football manager once famously said, “attack wins you games but defense wins you titles”. That statement is true even today.

Here is a list of five goalkeepers who will be key to deciding their respective nation's progress in the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia. Some of these goalkeepers have been linked with big money moves away, and a successful World Cup would thus help enhance their value.

#5 Jordan Pickford, England

Netherlands v England - International Friendly
Pickford is most likely to be England's first choice at the World Cup

With Joe Hart struggling with unsuccessful loan spells, the 24-year-old seems to be the logical choice as England’s goalkeeper at the World Cup.

Pickford's breakthrough came with Sunderland last season, which resulted in a bidding war for the Englishman and this resulted in Everton splurging around £30 million for him, a record for a British goalkeeper. He has managed 92 saves this season, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.

Though fairly inexperienced on the international scene, Pickford’s performances with club Everton this season have more than assured him of his ticket to Russia.

He is on course to be England’s youngest ever goalkeeper at a World Cup. With excellent feet and equally good shot-stopping ability, Pickford is a safe bet for Gareth Southgate’s team.

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